Doctor of Philosophy in Ethical Leadership (Ph.D.): Criminal Justice Specialization


The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Ethical Leadership with a Specialization in Criminal Justice provides a foundation of integrated theory and practice grounded in criminal justice, history of crime and punishment, current issues in criminal justice, and approaches to change and leadership within the criminal justice system considering. The courses advance leadership attitudes, behaviors, and administrative practice within criminal justice spaces, included but not limited to service to underrepresented and under-resourced communities, policy revision, development, and evaluation, equality in law enforcement, application of law, and corrections management. The program leverages the Ph.D. in Ethical Leadership to develop leaders in the criminal justice system prepared for leading a more just and egalitarian criminal justice system and the institutions, organizations, and communities
that support it.

Graduates are prepared for administration positions in criminal justice, in addition to faculty positions in criminal justice serving undergraduate and graduate populations. Graduates will also develop applicable capacities and competence that will aid them in successful law enforcement, legal, and correction positions. With an emphasis in ethical leadership, graduates are prepared to drive equitable change in the criminal justice system, facilitate criminology learning in formal and informal settings, conduct research, and share critical knowledge with organizations and communities.


Career Landscape

  • Executives and managers, and directors and supervisors in law enforcement agencies
  • Directors and managers for non-profit organizations, management consultants, planners, and policy advisors
  • Corporate Instructional Leader
  • Corporate Training Director
  • Executives and directors in government agencies


Program Highlights

  • Maximum Accessibility – Fully online courses with intensive residencies to establish professional networking opportunities
  • Economic Benefit – An affordable price point well below our national competitors provides quality without financial burden
  • Pace of the Program – Full-time working professionals can complete the program within three (3) calendar years
  • Rolling Admissions – Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for to ensure for convenience of start date
  • Ease of Application – A personalized admissions advisor is provided to every prospective student ensuring consistent and timely communication, while not requiring a standardized test (e.g., GRE, GMAT, etc.) to create ease for the applicant
  • Transfer Credits Accepted – Up to 18 credits beyond a master’s degree can be accepted accelerating program completion
  • Relational – Nationally renowned faculty members work with students to be adaptive to the complications of work, family, and personal obligations



Tuition per Credit Hour Technology Fee per Course Program Tuition
Tuition $700 $100 $44,000


Start Terms

The Doctor of Philosophy in Ethical Leadership with a Specialization in Criminal Justice offers six start terms throughout the year. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to learn more (see information below).

Admissions Process

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Ethical Leadership with a Specialization in Criminal Justice program requires each prospective student to submit the following materials for evaluation:

  • A completed and signed university Application for Admission
  • Official accredited college and/or university baccalaureate and master’s transcripts

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop literature reviews, position arguments within the field and scholarly communities of Ethical Leadership and Criminal Justice.
  • Demonstrate understanding and application for the scholarship of the criminal justice system
  • Prepare and implement criminal justice interventions resulting in the advancement criminal justice systems and processes
  • Conduct assessment and evaluation and research projects, using data to inform decision-making and change within the criminal justice system with respect to agency


Education Requirements-60 credits
Criminal Justice Core Courses-15 credits

  • CJA 810 Theories of Crime
  • CJA 815 Globalization & Crime
  • CJA 817 Criminal Law & Society
  • CJA 818 Counsel Victims/Offenders
  • CJA 820 Restorative Justice

Leadership Courses-21 credits

  • DEL 801 Interpersonal Leadership*
  • DEL 802 Moral Imagination & Decision-Making
  • DEL 805 Leadership in Action
  • ELI 801 Theory & Practice of Leadership
  • ELI 805 Globalization & Strategic Leadership*
  • ELI 807 Ethics & Governance
  • ELI 809 Innovation & Leadership*

Research Courses – 12 Credits

  • DEL 804 Assessment & Evaluation
  • RES 819 Research Methods
  • RES 820 Quantitative Research
  • RES 821 Qualitative Research

Doctoral Research Courses (Dissertation Research)-12 credits

  • DIS 900 Doctoral Research Proposal
  • DIS 901 Doctoral Research I
  • DIS 902 Doctoral Research II
  • DIS 903 Doctoral Research III


Residency Requirements

Residency courses provide an opportunity for students, community leaders, industry professionals, policymakers, and university administration and faculty to participate in structured face-to-face workshop style sessions facilitated at St. Thomas University over a three-day period. These sessions create added depth, collaboration, and community creating the foundation for an enhanced education experience. Residency courses are a hallmark of the blended approach to education. Residencies are key components of the following courses:

  • DEL 801 Interpersonal Leadership
  • ELI 805 Strategic Leadership & Globalization
  • ELI 809 Innovation & Leadership
  • DIS 900 Doctoral Research Proposal


Graduation Requirements

Candidates must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 to remain in academic good standing and must complete all required courses with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 to graduate. Candidates must successfully complete and defend their doctoral research requirements.


Additional Information

Information relating to the program and courses is available by contacting the Ph.D. in Ethical Leadership with a Specialization in Criminal Justice Program Director, Abdy Javadzadeh, Ph.D., at All graduate admissions inquiries should be sent to our Graduate Admissions Guru (information listed below).



Office of Graduate Admissions
Phone: 305-928-2865